Rob, looks like you did 3'44 or 3'43. Fookin amazing!!! Well done that man, awesome result. Hope you get lashed tonight, best recovery is booze I've always found!
Carter, how gutting and frustrating. Sorry to hear that. Hope you figure out a strategy for on the run coping..
Ps, of course you'll do NY!
Nell, fab park run time, nice one
Ali, sure you just need a rest. A week off might do the world if good?
So, 1'41 for me today. Pretty satisfied with that given v hilly course, 650ft according to strava. Ran quite within myself as was wary of the hills and tried to unleash the beast on the last 3 miles but it just wasn't quite happening. Felt like I was strong and in control all the way until the very last mile or so when I couldnt push on but think that was just accumulated hill fatigue.. Good to have exorcised the demons on this one having been my only previous dnf...
PS - I reckon red wine will be the best recovery ahead of your next marathon in a few weeks time! agree with Ali, it's all about flowing blood through those legs to recover - loads of walking and very easy miles I would think...
Ali - change in seasons?? usually makes me more tired than normal. I have had a cold the last few days (typical before a race eh!) as well... something is in the air anyway. good running and gym sesh with that in mind
Elle - get stretching! Keep drinking but make sure you stretch always after running!
Carter - best of luck with the ultra tomorrow - hope it goes brilliantly.
Rob - best of luck for Abingdon Sunday - have everything crossed for you
I have my traditional pre race cold. if it stays like this then hopefully fine. if it deteriorates then I'm in trouble. One thing is for sure I am not going to be a DNF twice for the Great West Run!!
Carl. Amazingly well done for finishing under the circumstances and after stopping for ten minutes (and still coming in sub 4!). I wonder if you were a bit jet lagged?? The interrupted training, change of brekkie and temperature will all have had an effect as well. I think anything above 17c can affect performance by 1-2% per 1c. I read that somewhere! Even if not accurate it's definitely true that heat really impacts me and many others when running. Am glad you are relatively sanguine, as you say shit can happen so you have to take the positives and move on. You finished another marathon with a fab time and in difficult circumstances so hats off. We all know you can and will run much faster without a doubt
Washwood - a pb is a pb! great time in your half, well done
Sean - I would bite your hand off for that half time, well done mate
PS - I really feel for you, that sounds awful. Do you know what though you are tough as nails. I would have retired if I'd felt that bad so think you shld be proud of finishing given how you felt. We all have bad days at the office and this was clearly just that and nothing else. I think it was pretty hot as well right? Anything over 17c in a marathon is bad news as far as I'm concerned... hope you're able to look back and see the positives.. well done again on toughing it out
Carl - I can't see a race report but know it's not the time you wanted. Look fwd to hearing your race report - 3'55 is still a really really good marathon time so well done indeed sir.
Carter - are you up for the ultra this weekend?? I know you asked if last Wednesday was my last run prior to this Sunday's half and indeed it was! Before you admonish me I spent Friday scrambling/climbing/walking with a pack for 10 hours (got back to the car at 11pm after finishing a route up nr the top of snowden in the dark with our headtorches on!) and probably 6 hrs out scrambling with pack on Saturday (top of a mountain called tryfan) and 6 hours out climbing on Sunday followed by running a mile back to the car with a heavy pack on! also did an easy cycle on Monday and am doing 6 easy miles commuting on the bike Tues-Thur of this week - so think I shld be keeping blood moving and getting enough easy aerobic stuff in hopefully ahead of sunday!
Rob - how you feeling ahead of Abingdon? Or is huntingdon, I forget ;o)
Am now looking forward to a few complete rest days ahead of Sunday's great west half...
carter; you've definitely got decent mileage in your legs so you shld be confident. Guess it's kind of hard to predict how an ultra will go regardless of training done?! Not sure re having a crack at the PB. GWR half is somewhere between 600 to 800 ft ascent so a pb course it ain't! I'd like to put in a good showing and be around 1'42 mark if possible (1'40'10 is my pb). But who knows, if it's going well on the day and I'm feeling good I will go for it in the last 3 miles perhaps. just don't want to go out too fast and blow up.. good work on yesterday's run by the way
Nell; yes you're right, sometimes you just have to accept a run as a bad job and mentally put it in the shredder!
PS; hope you're getting plenty of sleep? 23c is pretty warm but hopefully not the end of the world. is it humid out there or not? not long now...
Carl; how you feeling? raring to go?
Did my last run this lunchtime before the GWR half in 11 days time. Pressure was on as it really felt like the key run I had to get right and happily feel like I did. Was aiming for 7'20 - 7'25 pace but legs felt heavy after first 2 miles so adjusted my target to 7'20 - 7'29 pace which think was a good on the go change. Anyway ended up doing 9.3 miles @ 7'24 pace which for me is pretty darn good going! So feeling pretty confident for the race on Sun 18 Oct. Still don't think it will be a PB effort due to the amount of ascent but happy to be going well at least generally speaking...